There is a very alarming article on Dr. Mercola’s website about the advertising we all see for pharmaceutical drugs and its very dangerous effect on our health. I recommend you read it – especially if you have been told by your doctor that there is a drug you must take for the rest of your life.
Since the drug companies began marketing directly to consumers, prescription drug use has skyrocketed. It has always amazed me that anyone could watch one of those commercials singing the praises of some pharmaceutical drug, and then hear the list of side effects – often worse than the original condition – and still be willing to take the drug!
The frightening thing is that six types of drugs are “marketed for perpetuity,” meaning they’re intended to be taken for life. They are: ADHD and other similar drugs for children, antidepressants, statins, hormone replacement therapy, proton pump inhibitors (drugs for reflux and indigestion) and asthma control meds.
When my son had a perforated ulcer, the doctor sent him home with a prescription for a proton pump inhibitor and 11 refills and told him to eat whatever he wanted as long as he stayed on the meds essentially forever. (By the way he didn’t. He used natural supplements and made some changes to his diet instead and an endoscopy revealed a perfectly healed stomach.)
Almost every week the government tries to limit our ability to buy and use natural supplements – which have an excellent safety record. But these drugs are encouraged. I wonder why? Do you think it could be the fact that they are BIG business?
Have you ever been told you should be taking one of these drugs for the rest of your life? What did you do?